Nanoscale spin-wave RF filters and multiplexers for 5G communication systems (ERC PoC "5G-Spin")

ERC PoC project 5G-Spin “Nanoscale spin-wave RF filters and multiplexers for 5G communication systems”.

This project received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme within the ERC Proof of Concept 2022-2 call (grant agreement No 101082020).

01.09.2022 – 29.02.2024

Principal Investigator: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andrii Chumak

Project Staff: Kristýna Davídková (PhD student), Dr. Khrystyna Levechenko (senior postdoc), Pedro del Real (management and marketing)

External Collaborators:

CEITEC, Brno, Czech Republic
Dr. Michal Urbánek

Group Functional Materials, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna
Sabri Koraltan (PhD student) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dieter Suess

Technology offer available HERE

Our everyday life is unimaginable without wireless information and communication technologies. Since 2019, 5G digital systems offer improved speed, bandwidth, and decreased energy consumption. Mobile operators invest $160 billion worldwide in the deployment of 5G each year. Over the last decades, RF filters based on Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) occupied the entire market. But their usage for 5G high-band (26 GHz in EU) is impossible. Moreover, the utilisation of Bulk Acoustic Waves (BAWs) is still left to be explored due to their significant damping, challenges with confinement, and complex fabrication. The solution is offered by the propagating excitation in the spin system of a solid magnetic body - Spin Waves (SWs), which can efficiently replace acoustic waves in the RF devices for all frequency bands. The key advantages of SWs are: (i) frequency range from 1GHz up to hundreds of GHz, (ii) manufacturability of SW transducers using conventional photolithography, (iii) strong confinement of SWs, and (iv) additional nonlinear functionalities. The ERC StG MagnonCircuits finished with utmost success (40 articles) and delivered the methodology and know-how for fabrication and characterisation of magnonic nano-structures; explored SW physical properties in them; and identified robust, reliable, and efficient phenomena for applications. In the 5G-Spin project, we will develop fully functioning, bias field-free, and industry-ready SW-based RF filters and multiplexers for mid- and high-band 5G communication systems.